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FILE - In this June 15, 2009 file photo, Jazz musician Branford Marsalis plays the saxophone during a jazz workshop studio for students hosted by first lady Michelle Obama, not pictured, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Marsalis is a recipient of the 2012 Jefferson Award. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

FILE - In this June 15, 2009 file photo, Jazz musician Branford Marsalis plays the saxophone during a jazz workshop studio for students hosted by first lady Michelle Obama, not pictured, in the East Room of the White House in Washington. Marsalis is a recipient of the 2012 Jefferson Award. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

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